As the 2020- 2021 fall semester begins, students need to protect themselves and others from the Corona Virus pandemic.
When it comes to protecting yourself from COVID-19, these are some helpful tips from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Indiana State University.
The best way to begin protecting yourself is to be aware of how the virus is spread. As far as research shows, the virus is spread from person to person. The best way to try and prevent coming into contact with the virus is washing your hands, social distancing, wearing a mask when out in public and keeping things clean.
It's very important to wash your hands after being in public spaces and before handling food. It is also very important to try and avoid touching your face. Hand washing is vital and if you’re in a place where you can't wash your hands, then hand sanitizer is the next best option.
It’s important to social distance because the closer that you’re into contact with others, the higher the chances are of obtaining the virus. Social distancing is especially important for those that are at a higher risk of getting sick or deal with co-existing health issues.
ISU has provided two different masks for students and staff. Masks are to be worn when in public spaces, common areas and classrooms. Even if you wear a mask in public spaces, masks are not a substitute for allowing people to gather.
The final tip is to keep things as clean as possible. It’s very important to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Some ideas of things to wipe down are door handles, light switches, and any other items you may share with someone.
Using these tips will help keep you safe and help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.